Flexible structures arise in significant important areas of application, such as robotics, large space structures, and antenna control. Difficulties related to sensing and identification hamper control of such systems. These problems require collaboration between mathematicians and engineers. To promote such collaboration, the Fields Institute sponsored a three-day workshop entitled 'Problems in Sensing, Identification, and Control of Flexible Structures' in June 1992. This volume contains papers presented at the workshop. Topics range from theoretical research on the well-posedness of systems, to experimental implementations of various controllers. A number of controller design techniques are discussed and compared, and there are several papers on modelling the complex dynamics of flexible structures. This book is a useful resource to control theorists, engineers, and mathematicians interested in this important field of research.
An on-line parameter estimation scheme for flexible structures by I. G. Rosen and M. A. Demetriou On the dynamics and control of the space based flexible articulating system by V. J. Modi, A. C. Ng, and F. Karray Dissipative controller designs for second-order dynamic systems by K. A. Morris and J. N. Juang Nonlinear attitude control of planar structures in space using only internal controls by M. Reyhanoglu and N. H. McClamroch Frequency domain control designs for an ideal beam by K. Lenz Comparison of control strategies for the single flexible link by D. Wang On the development of an energy based controller for flexible structures by F. Golnaraghi On dynamic mass capture by flexible robots by G. R. Heppler Well-posedness and stability of perturbed linear evolution equations by K. Ito Optimal active vibration absorber: design and experimental results by G. Lee-Glauser, J.-N. Juang, and J. L. Sulla Why characterise flexible structures? A radarsat project perspective by S. Ahmed Control and observation for flexible structures described by partial differential equations by J. Bontsema.